August 22, 2010 -- It’s a project whose launch was highly anticipated by food manufacturers and meat processors.
And so, even before it was formally inaugurated last April 30, Royal Cargo’s new cold storage in Laguna has already started accepting customers, at once registering 70 percent occupancy rate.
The clients come in different sizes , they include food manufacturing and fast food chains. They also consist of emerging giants of both meat, poultry processors, suppliers and other small and medium food retailers.
What’s the big deal about the facility that patrons are standing in line at its gates to get a storage space for their valuable commodities?
One of the obvious advantages of the new warehouse is its strategic location. On a 18,400 square meter lot acquired inside the Laguna International Industrial Park (LIIP) in Mamplasan, Biñan, the structure stands at the crossroad between Star Avenue and the South Luzon Expressway before the Sta. Rosa Exit coming from Manila.
While the company manages a similar cold storage facility in Dasmariñas, Cavite, the new Laguna unit is the first facility owned, not leased, by Royal Cargo.
It’s a P300 million investment, about P100 million of which came from our internal funds, while the rest was sourced through bank financing from BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands).
It has been accredited by the National Meat Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture as a “AAA” Cold Storage Facility. Equally important, it has been recognized as conforming to Good Operating Practices (GOP) and HACCP-compliant.
For food manufacturers especially doing exports, these certifications simply mean that products they agree to be stored at Royal Cargo’s new warehouse are handled in the cleanest and most sanitized way possible and in a manner consistent with international food safety standards.
Royal Cargo Combined Logistics Inc. has received three (3) National BEST ‘AAA’ Cold Storage Facility award from NMIS for the years 2006, 2008 and 2009.
The LIIP unit also boasts of a 4,000 sq.m. dry warehouse, which Royal Cargo is also offering for business. The area is furbished with high ceiling insulation and loading dock. A link structure is also present for client’s product special “weathering” and “tempering” requirement.
Among others, the new Laguna facility has also sorting rooms, waste water treatment plant for meat processing operations, laboratory and sample room facilities, and a 750 KW stand-by generator set which can be readily commissioned in case of power failure.
Such state-of the-art features greeted about 150 guests when they came over last April 30 for the inauguration. Visitors were greeted and welcomed by the Royal Cargo’s management team led by Mr. Michael Raeuber – President & CEO, Mr. Elmer Francisco U. Sarmiento – COO, and Romeo C. Beltejar – VP Contract Logistics, consisting of business partners, suppliers, contractors, meat processors and traders, food company executives, bankers, shippers, industrial zone officials, government bureaucrats and some members from the diplomatic corp.
Lucita Reyes from the Board of Investments, agricultural attaché David Wolf from the US Embassy in Manila, Commercial Attaché Sabine Honer from the German Embassy, Assistant
Director Victor Atienza from the Bureau of Animal Industry, Tony Dizon President of the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines, Michael Raeuber’s wife Leny, and Elmer Sarmiento’s wife Edna, were among the notable VIPs who graced the occasion.
Later in the day, the guests were treated to a guided warehouse tour followed by a sumptuous cocktail party meant to celebrate an important company milestone.
“Let’s launch the freeze…,” goes the company invitation.
With that, Royal Cargo’s new facility is definitely now on a roll.